PKNP stay Eagle-eyed on Cup tie despite uncertain future

  • Football
  • Sunday, 29 Sep 2019

First blood: David Rowley scored the opening goal in Kedah’s 2-1 win over PKNP in the Malaysia Cup first leg.

PETALING JAYA: The uncertainty over PKNP’s future is not going to affect their focus in the second leg of the Malaysia Cup quarter-final against Kedah at the Darulaman Stadium in Alor Setar today.

PKNP were relegated to the Premier League after they finished 11th and rumours are swirling that the club will be dissolved.

On Friday, the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) Club Licensing First Instance Body (FIB) revealed that PKNP had not submitted any documents to obtain a licence to play next season.

Coach Abu Bakar Fadzim said the players just want to concentrate on their clash against Kedah, which could be their last in the M-League.

They face an uphill battle as the hosts have the upper hand after winning the first leg 2-1 at the Manjung Municipal Council Stadium on Wednesday.

Kedah scored their goals through David Rowley and Fernando Rodriguez while PKNP replied through Yashir Pinto.

“On the club’s future, we’ll let the management decide. I heard that there are talks with the Mentri Besar, hopefully we will receive some good news soon, ” said Abu Bakar.

On the must-win match, Abu Bakar wants his men not to repeat the same mistake during the first leg.

“We know Kedah’s offence are one of the best in the country and I’m sure they will not just defend their lead.

“They will be gunning for a win in front of their fans. If we can get an early goal, it will be great as the game will be open, ” added Abu Bakar.

“But what’s most important is we must not concede. We have to hold our ground.

“We have nothing to lose - if we are going to get knocked out, I want the players to go out with their heads held high.”

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